Toronto CISO Community

Gain powerful new perspectives

Join fellow CISOs in the Toronto community to solve critical leadership challenges through the collective experiences and expertise of the network.

Invaluable network

Build a strong professional network where you live and work. Access the collective expertise of your true peers all in one place. Make new connections and catch up with old friends.

Peer collaboration

Gain new perspectives from peers who understand your most critical priorities and are facing the same challenges -- generate ideas, share real-life experiences and get forward-looking guidance and insights.

Actionable insights

Exchange best practices, validate strategies and walk away with practical insights that are immediately actionable.

Join your peers to discuss the most critical issues impacting CISOs today.

  1. Supporting business agility with risk-based programs
  2. Evaluating, communicating and responding to evolving threats
  3. Building a culture of security to enable smart, secure decision-making

Toronto CISO Governing Body

A regional Governing Body leads the Toronto CISO community, shaping the topics and agendas for your local programs and ensuring that all content is driven by CISOs, for CISOs.


Zaki Abbas

Brookfield Asset Management

Michael Dundas

AVP, Cyber Protection

Sandra Liepkalns

Choice Properties REIT
VP, Information Security

Ranjika Manamperi

Ontario Power Generation
Vice President Cybersecurity & CISO

Mike Melo



Omar Al-Assaf

American Express
Bank Information Security Officer

Davis Arora

Senior Director of Cyber Security

Salman Ashraf

The Manitoba Public Insurance Corporation

Mohsen Azari

Walmart Canada
Senior IT Security Manager

Natalia Bakhtina

BFL Canada
Director of Cybersecurity and IT Risk Management

Michael Balenzano

Lactalis Canada
Manager, Network Services

Keith Benedict

Postmedia Network Inc
Director IT Security, Audit and Compliance

Aamir Bhaijiwala

Chartwell Retirement Residences
Director Information Security

Shimul Bhattacharjee

Global Information Security Officer, Infrastructure & Operation

Ireen Birungi

VP, Information Security and CISO

Ben Blakely

Hydro One
Vice President & Chief Security Officer

Simon Brown

Weston Foods Inc
Director, Cybersecurity

Derek Browne

Northbridge Financial Corporation

Steve Browning

Vena Solutions
VP, Data Privacy and Corporate Security

Tom Campbell

Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions
Director Cyber Security

Abigail Carter-Langford

Canada Health Infoway
EVP, Governance, Risk & Compliance, Chief Privacy & Security Officer

Alpha Chan

Toronto Police Service
Cyber Security Lead

David Cullen

AGF Management Limited

Scott Currie

University Health Network

Jeff Curtis

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
Chief Privacy Officer

Paul Daley

Toronto District School Board
IT Security, Risk & Audit

Tracy Dallaire

McMaster University
Director Information Security

Sergio De Oliveira

Senior Information Security Analyst

Jenny Dho

Canada Mortgage And Housing Corporation
Chief Security Officer

Dan Di Salvo

Maple Leaf Foods
VP, Infrastructure & Security Services

Douglas Elsmore

City of Brampton
Manager of Information Security & Risk

Adam Evans

Royal Bank of Canada
VP, Cyber Operations & CISO

Andrew Faber

Toronto Pearson Airport
Director Security Technology Services

Steve Ferrigni

Workplace Safety & Insurance Board
Executive Director, Cyber Security, IT Risk Management and Enterprise Architecture

George Francis

Senior Director Corporate I.T Technology & Security

Chris Gaya

Munich Reinsurance America
Head of IT Security, Architecture & Engineering

Patrick Gilbert

Lowes Canada
Sr. Director, Information Security

Manas Giri

Director, Cybersecurity

Rachel Guinto

AVP Global Information Risk Management

Jason Hall

VP Enterprise Security

Arif Hameed

Munich Re
VP & Chief Information Security Officer

Le Ha Hang

VP, Enterprise Security

Vaughn Hazen


Jihad Hazime

Marsh & McLennan
Director of Software Security

John Hewie

Microsoft Canada
Chief Security Officer

Fred Hopper

Giesecke+Devrient Mobile Security
Vice President, Security, Quality & Process Improvement

Rod Hynes

Bell Canada
Director, Information Security

Waruna Jay

Labatt Breweries of Canada
Head, IT Operations & Digital Workplace Transformation

Faiza Kacem

BNP Paribas Canada
Head Americas - Operational Resilience, Crisis Management, and Third Party Tech Risk

Stephen Kerkmann

Director IT Security & Risk Management

Vivek Khindria

Vice President Security and Risk

Karl Larson

Lightspeed HQ
VP Security

Tony Lee

Associate Director, CISO

Faisal Malik


Daniel McAuley

Weston Group of Companies
Sr. Manager, Information Security and Infrastructure

Brenda McCulloch


Craig Newell

Liquor Control Board of Ontario
Director, Cyber Security

Kashif Parvaiz

University Health Network
CISO, RSOC Program Director

Vinay Puri

Thomson Reuters
VP, Head of Security Architecture

Blair Radbourne

Vice President, Cybersecurity & Technology Risk

Sam Rego

Director IT, Infrastructure, Operations & Security

Mark Reid

Brookfield Renewable Energy Group
Senior Director IT Security & Compliance

Heloisa Ribeiro

Director, Enterprise Information Security

John Roberts

Province of Ontario
CISO (A) and Chief Privacy Officer and Archivist of Ontario

Greg Ruddell

Director IT Security & Audit

Chris Russel

York University

Michael Salloum

McCain Foods
Manager, Info. Security

Ben Sapiro

Canada Life
Head of Technology Risk, CISO

Kirill Semenov

Information Technology Security Officer

Vishal Sharma


Nilesh Shasti

Bayshore HealthCare
Director, Information Security and Compliance

Arsen Shirokov

Director, Information Governance & Security / CISO

Priya Sirwani

Fiera Capital
Global CISO

Raj Sivarajah

CI Financial

Gary Smith

VP, Enterprise Tech Relations

Andrey Spiwak

John Hancock
Director, Cyber Incident Management & Threat Intelligence

Jeff Stark


Les Stevens

Capital One Financial
Senior Director, Cyber Security and Divisional CISO

Isaac Straley

University of Toronto
Chief Information Security Officer

Danny Sutantyo

Director, Data Protection and Compliance

Deepak Upadhyaya

Baker Tilly International
CISO, Partner - Digital Tech and Risk

Juan Valbuena

Yamana Gold
Director Global Cybersecurity

Tom Verhoog

Global Information Security Manager

Nabeel Yousif

Flexiti Financial
VP Cyber Security & DevSecOps Engineering

Olivera Zatezalo

Suncor Energy
GM, Cyber Security & Privacy

Adam Zimmerman

Executive Director, Cyber Security

Upcoming Programs


February 24, 2022 | 1 hour

Toronto CISO Virtual Town Hall

Surviving the “Golden Age” of Ransomware

An interactive, peer-led discussion on current topics and priorities.

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May, 2022 | 1 day

Toronto CISO Executive Summit

Walk away from this peer-led program with new connections and with actionable insights.

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September, 2022 | 3 days

Global CISO Executive Summit

A summit for CISOs with global responsibilities to come together and discuss challenges unique to global operations.

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